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Poster: Jeff Kaplan Date: Oct 15, 2012 9:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Team Fillmore East

welcome to the forum! that's a great photo. of course i'd love to see more from the night before to find my young self. i was stage left in about the 10 row for the early show iirc.

the band of gypsys tape imo is one of the most important videos in rock history. i consider that perfomance of Machine Gun to be the pinnacle of Jimi Hendix career and (with all apologies to Jerry Garcia) the single best guitar solo in history. so thank you for being there with a camera to record it.

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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: Oct 15, 2012 11:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Team Fillmore East

That Jimi footage you linked to on YouTube looks like it was shot with the same Sony port-a-pak model as the one used for the new GD footage. The huge difference is that the Jimi video tape was in way, way better condition during playback when it was transferred. It could be the tapes were kept somewhere different? The GD tape is damaged and the Jimi tape is not.

Is this Jan Blom (or perhaps the Fillmore East videographer)?

The videographer in this new image is using the same model Sony portapak, and he is shooting Rock n Roll professionally here. He has his VTR inside a portapak cover. He's not using any cover on his camera. To correct myself, the VTR probably contains all the batteries, so the camera power is coming up the umbilical cord.

Also, the Jimi video footage was shot more steady-cam style. It is way less shaky than the GD footage, except for the acoustic song. I think that song and the Jimi footage were shot using a small tripod or pedestal with a camera head. Below is an image of such a rig for Sony's vintage b & w portapak.

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